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Injury accident east of Clarinda Tue. evening


November 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(Corrects name of woman in this story – Sheriff’s error)

Two people were transported to the Clarinda Regional Medical Center by Clarinda Ambulance, following a collision Tuesday evening about two-miles east of Clarinda. The Page County Sheriff’s Office says the drivers of the vehicle, 25-year old Kenton John Lyle Alexander, of New Market, and 24-year old Aeriel Elizabeth Baldwin, of Clarinda, suffered unknown injuries during the accident that took place on Highway 2 near the intersection with V Avenue, at around 6-p.m., Tuesday.

Authorities say Alexander was driving a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria eastbound on Highway 2, while Baldwin was driving a 2000 Saturn eastbound. Baldwin was stopped, attempting to make a turn north from Highway 2 onto V Avenue, when Alexander either didn’t slow or stop for the Baldwin vehicle that was waiting on westbound traffic to clear in order to make the turn.

Alexander’s car ran into the rear of Baldwin’s vehicle, causing disabling damage to both vehicles. Charges are pending completion of an investigation into the crash.


Former City Clerk in Casey indicted for Mail Fraud & Arson


November 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Acting United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel today (Wednesday), announced the return of an indictment stemming from an investigation into the misappropriation of city funds and burning of a community building in Casey, Iowa. The indictment charges Dorothy L. Dillinger, the former Casey City Clerk, with five counts of mail fraud for her role in a scheme to defraud by using the City’s credit card to purchase items for personal use.

The indictment also charges Dillinger with one count of malicious use of fire for the fire that destroyed the Casey Community Building, which housed the City Clerk’s Office. The Community Building fire was set just prior to midnight of August 19-20, 2014. Personnel from the State Auditor’s Office were scheduled to arrive at the Clerk’s Office on the morning of August 20, 2014, to conduct an audit of the City’s records following a successful petition drive by citizens of Casey seeking an audit.

The joint investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, State Fire Marshal Division of the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office, Guthrie County Attorney’s Office, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

An initial appearance and arraignment have been scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on November 30, 2015, at the United States Courthouse in Des Moines. In accordance with the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct, the public is reminded that an indictment is merely an accusation, and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Additionally, because this matter is pending in the United States District Court, the United States Attorney’s Office does not anticipate making any further comment or statement at this time.

School leader repays $2,800 in district card purchases


November 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

LAWTON, Iowa (AP) – A northwest Iowa school district is facing scrutiny after an administrator purchased thousands of dollars’ worth of food and alcohol, and reimbursed staff members without receipts. The Des Moines Register reports it made an inquiry into nearly $300 Superintendent Jeff Thelander charged to the Lawton-Bronson School District credit card for a meal for several teachers, a medical researcher and his friends at a Sioux City steakhouse.

Thelander said the meal was a “thank you” for the researcher’s participation in a school event. After the inquiry, Thelander repaid the school district for $2,800 for reimbursed food and alcohol purchases for which he had no receipts. The superintendent said he had lost many of his receipts for purchases made with the district card. According to district expenses, administrators would also often purchase lunches as a thank you for staff members.

Omaha Tribe moves forward with plans for Iowa pot farm


November 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Omaha Tribe are moving ahead with a feasibility study on a proposed marijuana-growing operation in western Iowa that would provide pot for medical, industrial and recreational uses. Tribal members have voted on three referendums now giving the Tribal Council the authority to legalize marijuana on the reservation in northeast Nebraska. Chairman Vernon Miller says input from tribal members was vital.

“We needed to really gauge the opinions of the Omaha Tribal members,” Miller says. “We didn’t want to take action without their approval and their opinion. They are pretty controversial issues. We posed those questions to the people and they voted on all three and supported all three.” Miller says the Tribal Council will take the time to research what’s viable.  “Recreational is the most controversial from a legal standpoint so we really need to weigh what’s going to be most feasible at this time…dealing with law enforcement agencies as well as U.S. Attorneys from both Nebraska and Iowa,” Miller says. “That’s something we’re really going to have to weigh after the feasibility study is done, what’s going to be something that we can really effectively do here.”

Miller says generating cash for the tribal community is the biggest priority. “Is it something that’s going to require the least amount of investment but that’s going to provide the biggest ROI, return on investment,” Miller says. “That’s the only reason we’re really pursuing the profit aspect of it, to generate some revenue. My community has a 69% unemployment rate. We have no jobs. Being a sovereign nation, we’re going to take that sovereignty and provide for ourselves.”

Miller says the tribe will work to ensure that any plan would not violate federal or state laws. The proposal would allow for the creation of the crop on tribal land in western Iowa’s Monona County. For more than 20 years, the tribe has operated a casino there, near Onawa, with Las Vegas-style gambling.

(Radio Iowa)

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November 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Clarinda man arrested for drug-related offense


November 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers reports his officers arrested 22-year old Dalton Christopher Wise, of Clarinda, Tuesday night. Wise was taken into custody at 1100 East Lincoln Street, in Clarinda, on an outstanding Page County warrant for Failure To Appear for an arraignment.

Pursuant to his arrest, Wise was found in possession of controlled substances believed to be methamphetamine. He was charged for possession of the substance in addition to being taken into custody on the arrest warrant. Wise is currently being held at the Page County Jail on $5,000 bail.

Creston man arrested on drug charge


November 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report the arrest Tuesday afternoon of a man wanted on a warrant for a Controlled Substance Violation. 41-year old Hollis K. Major, of Creston, was taken into custody just before 3-p.m. and held in the Union County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Western IA man pleads guilty to lesser charges in connection w/I-29 incident


November 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from Harrison County who had been arrested for attempted murder, has reached a plea deal with prosecutors that resulted in two-years of supervised probation. The Daily NonPareil reports 39-year old Shane Vanderlinden, of Logan, admitted in court that he pushed his wife Ashlee Anderson out of a 2007 Land Rover on Friday, Aug. 7th, at 73-mile marker on Interstate 29 and drove off.

According to the court documents, the vehicle was traveling at roughly 30 mph when Anderson fell to the road. An off-duty Logan Police Office witnessed the incident and stopped to help Anderson. She was transported to the Nebraska Medical Center by a medical helicopter. While at the hospital, she was treated for skull fractures, bleeding on the brain, road rash and lacerations.

Vanderlinden was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder on Wednesday, Aug. 12. Tuesday morning, as part of a plea agreement, Vanderlinden pleaded guilty to two amended charges: assault causing injury and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, both misdemeanors. He was also sentenced Tuesday on a charge out of Harrison County. Vanderlinden pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Pottawattamie County Chief Deputy Attorney Jon Jacobmeier said he signed off on the plea agreement because Anderson was unwilling to cooperate with the county attorney’s office. Vanderlin received a five-year prison term for possession of a firearm and two 2-year sentences, which will run concurrently, for the misdemeanors resulting from the assault on his wife. Fourth Judicial District Chief Judge Robert Larson suspended all the prison time and placed Vanderlinden on supervised probation for two years.

Larson said he had to follow the plea agreement, which meant he couldn’t place Vanderlinden in prison. The Logan resident has not escaped possible jail time completely. He will be on probation for two years and if he violates his probation he could be sent to prison. Vanderlinden’s attorney Mike Hooper said alcohol played a big role in his client’s decision to push his wife out of the vehicle. Hooper also said that Anderson did not want her husband prosecuted, and that Vanderlinden has been in anger management training.

Hooper also asked Larson to lift the no contact order, so Vanderlinden could see his wife again. Larson asked Anderson, who was in the courtroom, if she felt safe. She answered that Vanderlinden wouldn’t hurt her. For now, Larson kept the no-contact order in place as he considers Hooper’s request.

Traffic stop/assault on an officer/pursuit, in Council Bluffs


November 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Council Bluffs Police are looking for a suspect involved in a traffic stop that escalated  into an assault on an officer and pursuit. Authorities say the incident began just after 1-a.m. today (Wednesday), when Council Bluffs Police stopped a silver 2000 Infiniti i30 for an equipment violation at 31st St and Ave E.

Bluffs BadgeThe driver was unable to show identification and showed signs of impairment while speaking to the officer. When the officer asked the driver to step out of the vehicle, the suspect refused by starting the vehicle and driving off. The officer attempted to stop the suspect by grabbing him. The suspect then grabbed the officer’s arm as he drove forward. The officer was able to pull away from the suspect when he feared being dragged.

Other officers attempted to chase the suspect but lost sight before locating the suspect vehicle abandoned at 34th St and Ave H. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate the suspect. The Officer suffered minor injuries to his arm but did not require medical attention.

The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information regarding this incident or
any other crimes please contact Crime Stoppers at (712) 328 STOP (7867).

Red Oak man arrested Tue. evening for Malicious Prosecution


November 18th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County say a Red Oak man was arrested Tuesday evening on a valid Montgomery County warrant for Malicious Prosecution. 26-year old Zakary Allan Colebank was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on a $1,000 bond.